Inflatable dock seals and inflatable truck shelters offer many advantages over traditional compression style dock seals and truck shelters. Inflatable dock seals minimize abrasion caused by the trailer as it moves up and down on the front of the seal during loading in comparison to the abrasion a comparable compression dock seal receives. With a trailer backed into position up against a compression style dock seal pressure is exerted on the building wall, an inflatable dock seal eliminates any pressure and the potential for damage to the building walls. An important advantage of an inflatable ... Read More
Start with equipping all dock levelers at the loading dock area with weather seal to minimize costly and unwanted energy exchange. The basic dock leveler weather seal is designed to seal the side of the dock leveler deck to the pit side walls minimizing any exterior air from entering the building.  Weather seals are available in a neoprene/rubber strip design or for improved sealing or they are also available is a Read More

Rainstop RS800 helps make the rain go away!

Had enough of the rainy season? Feel like you need to build an arc?! Dock seals are not enough. Improve dock safety and worker morale. Provide shelter from the rain. Typical docks have a slight decline approach. When rain water hits the top of the trailer it runs back in the building. This causes product damage and slippery, unsafe conditions on your loading dock. The Rainstop uses a stiffly sprung five and a half inch foam filled header curtain. Thi... Read More

The majority of loading dock areas has a level approach as the truck backs into the loading dock bay and contacts the dock bumpers. In some applications the truck backs down a declined approach to get to the loading dock bay. Without making special pit considerations the top of the truck’s trailer could impact the building wall or the closed overhead door causing severe damage before the bottom of the trailer contacts the dock bumpers. In this application it is recommended to extend or project the pit and the dock bumpers forward to ensure the truck c... Read More
The two main areas to investigate are dock leveler weather seals and overhead door dock seals. Many dock leveler installations have conventional weather seal installed at the top of the deck side plates. This weather seal provides the best seal with the dock leveler in the closed stored position. When the dock leveler is on the truck bed and the truck bed is higher than finished floor, this sealing effect is lost. A number of dock leveler manufacturers offer a secondary wedge seal design to seal the dock position when the dock leveler is in use on the truck. If the loading dock area has compre... Read More
When properly specified a declined dock area can be sealed just as effective as if it was a level approach. First you determine the percentage of decline at the loading dock area, this is done by calculating the amount of rise over 50’ from the front of the dock area. For example let’s say the percentage of decline is 4 percent. For a proper seal start with 4”-6” of dock seal projection beyond the face of the dock bumper at the bottom of the side pads. Now deduct 1” of projection at the... Read More
Flaps or as they are commonly referred to as “wear pleats” extend the life of a compression style dock seal. With the truck backed into position there should be 4” -6” of dock seal foam compression, this amount of compression provides the best seal. As the truck is loaded or unloaded it is natural for the truck bed to move up and down. The trucks up and down movement has an abrasive effect on the front of... Read More
Compression, with foam pad dock seals the amount of compression is very important. Too little compression results in not enough of a sealing factor, too much compression puts excess pressure on the building wall and causes premature failure of the dock seal. It’s very easy to calculate the correct amount of dock seal compression; measure from the wall the dock seal will be installed on to the face of the dock bumper and add 4”– 6”. 4”-6” of dock seal projection beyond the face of the ... Read More
Preventative maintenance for dock equipment is highly recommended. The more you maintain your dock equipment, the better and longer your equipment will last. Regular maintenance increases employee safety, helps to control repair costs and assists in avoiding company down times. When unexpected maintenance occurs, it can have a long chain of unexpected delays by stopping goods from entering or leaving a facility. Maintaining your equipment on a regular basis can minimize these delays and improve safety at the loading dock area. Contact a Pentalift Sales Re... Read More
As standard, No Low lift tables are available in 3 different capacities: 2,500 lbs, 4000 lbs, and 6000 lbs are the different capacities you can choose from. Standard platform size range is from 44”Wx48”L to 50”Wx54”L and standard vertical travel is 35”. There are applications that do need a bigger platform size, more capacity, or a higher vertical travel. Also as standard, No Low lift tables have a back stop meaning you can only take a load on and off of the lift from one end.... Read More